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Coral-Gables-Police-300x184Coral Gables police officer Manny Rivero was arrested on August 16 for allegedly beating his wife. Rivero, 39, faces a domestic battery charge.

He was held at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center overnight and was released on $2,500 bond. A judge ordered him to remain under house arrest and issued a restraining order to keep him away from his wife. The press did not say if he has acquired an attorney.

According to the arrest report, the alleged battery occurred on Wednesday at Rivero’s home. A neighbor reportedly saw Rivero grab his wife by the arm outside their home. The neighbor and two other witnesses told police that they heard her scream, “Call the police, he[‘s] hitting me, he always hits me,” before Rivero repeatedly struck her on the head, the report said.

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cadillac-1-300x199When it comes to civil asset forfeiture, you win some and you lose some. Minor details can make all of the difference. Here are some examples of forfeiture cases and their outcomes.

City of Edgewood v. Williams, 556 So. 2d 1390 (Fla. 1990)

Vehicles used merely to transport an individual who then engages in criminal activity must be closely and knowingly related to the criminal conduct. If illegal activity could have occurred without use of the vehicle, or if the illegal activity had not been intended when the vehicle was used, then it cannot be subject to forfeiture. In this case, a Porsche was used to fly to the Tampa International Airport, where the driver flew to North Dakota to conduct a drug deal. The Porsche was “only remotely incidental” to the underlying crime, and thus not subject to forfeiture.

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Thomas-Mahon-240x300Jackson Memorial employee Thomas Mahon of Miami, Florida was arrested on August 15 after he repeatedly attempted to view child pornography on a hospital computer.

Mahon, 61, faces charges for attempting to transmit child pornography and has reportedly posted bail. It is unclear if he has obtained legal representation.

According to the police report, the alleged searches were performed at Jackson Memorial Hospital in January last year. Mahon allegedly searched for child pornography on a hospital computer using the credentials of another employee who had neglected to log off his work account. His searches were blocked by the hospital’s internal computer security systems.

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Tiger-Woods.jpegTiger Woods had marijuana and four other drugs in his system when he was arrested on a DUI charge in Jupiter, Florida in May, a report released by police on Tuesday revealed.

The report was released a few days after Woods agreed to take a plea deal and enter a diversion program to settle his DUI charge. It says Woods, 41, had marijuana, the anti-insomnia drug Ambien, the anxiety drug Xanax, as well as the painkillers Dilaudid and Vicodin in his system when he was arrested on May 29.

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Courtney-Bonner-220x300Courtney Bonner of Boynton Beach, Florida was arrested on July 20 for allegedly molesting a 10-year-old boy after he reportedly admitted to sexually assaulting the victim to the boy’s mother.

Bonner, 17, faces charges for sexual battery on a victim under the age of 12 and lewd and lascivious molestation on a minor. He is being held without bond at Palm Beach County Jail. The press did not an attorney for him.

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